The Court-1 of Patna High Court passed the following guidelines to the State and Oil Companies…
The National Highway Projects in the State of Bihar Vs State of Bihar on 10 May 2022
69. In furtherance of the above discussions, we find it necessary to issue the following directions:-
i) The Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar, to convene a meeting of all stakeholders to examine the best and most efficient way to realize the multifarious benefits arising from the establishment of petrol pumps with equal importance being placed upon economic, social and environmental aspects. Also ensure that a sample survey for ascertaining the requirement of additional fresh Petrol Pumps/Gas Retail Outlets is carried out at the earliest.
ii) The Development Commissioner, Government of Bihar, who is already seized of the matter shall take expedient steps in furtherance of the action(s) taken thus far.
iii) The State, National Highways Authority of India and the Oil Marketing Companies consider constituting Public toilets and public conveniences at places easily identifiable and accessible by the public at large, and in this regard, signboards of “Public Toilets” or “Private Toilets” be displayed at the retail outlets. Such facilities should be easily accessible by the ladies walking or driving on the roads.
iv) The amenities constructed should be done so, keeping in mind accessibility for persons with disabilities. The State has a responsibility to provide them equitable access to basic amenities while undertaking road travel, in light of the Constitution of India and the various international Human Rights obligations.
v) All toilets be adequately staffed for taking care and maintaining the same with a proper system for the disposal of sanitary napkins.
vi) Authorities may also consider making it necessary/mandatory for all the Dhabas/ Restaurants on the highways to make available public toilets and drinking water facilities for the use of the general public. While granting permission to such establishments, authorities should consider incorporating specific conditions regarding the provision of toilets and restrooms. Also, maintain the same hygiene, failing which their registration/ permit is cancelled.
vii) The State Authorities and corresponding Central Authorities will take expedient steps to check the practice of the black-marketing or open unauthorized sale of petrol/diesel and initiate action after the proper investigation against units aiding the perpetuation of such practice.
viii) The Oil Marketing Companies to take steps to verify the continued interest or otherwise of the allottees/proposed allottees. The entire pending
process of allotment shall be finalized within the time stipulated in the minutes of the Development Commissioner, Bihar.
ix) The authorities may consider the development of a mechanism to:-
(a) institute a randomized checking system to ensure facilities and resources’ quality and proper availability.
(b) in consultation with OMCs and furtherance of the Statutory obligation take constructive steps to ensure sustainable use of resources and all other
(c) Prepare a digital platform furnishing complete information of such places of convenience to the general public with a provision of lodging online remarks.